Bohemia 1712-BW 1/2 thaler
This specimen was lot 6083 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $376. The catalog description noted, "BOHEMIA. 1/2 Taler, 1712-BW. Kuttenberg Mint. Charles VI (1711-40). NGC AU-58. Very handsome with only a slight weakness to strike in one of the eagle's wings. Some light wear to the highest points of relief and a few thin adjustment marks which can barely be seen with the naked eye. Nicely toned with lustrous colorful hues lighting up around the periphery and glinting from within the protected areas of detail." This one year type was struck at Kuttenberg; BW stood for mintmaster Bernard Wonsidler. A similar thaler exists (Dav-1027) but is much costlier. The oval shape derives from the use of roller dies, which were gradually superseded by the screw press in the eighteenth century.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.41 g, .875 fine silver, .405 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-658 (listed under Bohemia).
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.